Christchurch Town Hall Rebuild
The Christchurch Town Hall, designed by Sir Miles Warren and Maurice Mahoney, is a significant part of the urban fabric and vitality of Christchurch that has served as a gathering place for performances, cultural events and meetings since 1972.
The iconic building was in the midst of a refurbishment project when the Christchurch earthquakes struck in 2010 and 2011. The refurbishment work was to include additional food and beverage facilities, an upgrade of bars and public toilets, refinement of acoustics to the James Hay theatre, and fire and special services upgrades. The exterior of the building was to be refurbished along with new landscaping and paving to enhance the building's setting.
As a result of the earthquakes, and due to the land damage beneath, the Town Hall requires the strengthening of foundations and damage repair to the original design. Damage from shaking was limited but the earthquakes destabilised the land. Most of the work will be remediating the liquefied layer of earth beneath the building.
The refurbishment and restoration work for the Christchurch Town Hall is both necessary and desirable to ensure one of Christchurch’s iconic buildings is modernised and aligned with current compliance and building codes. The upgrade will enhance the complex overall, adding functional value for both patrons and staff who manage the complex.